TippingPoint Zero Day Initiative

HP OpenView Performance Insight Server Backdoor Account Code Execution Vulnerability

ZDI-11-034: January 31st, 2011


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Vulnerability Details

This vulnerability allows remote attackers to execute arbitrary code on vulnerable installations of Hewlett-Packard OpenView Performance Insight Server. Authentication is not required to exploit this vulnerability.

The specific vulnerability is due to a hidden account present within the com.trinagy.security.XMLUserManager Java class. Using this account a malicious user can access the com.trinagy.servlet.HelpManagerServlet class. This is defined within the piweb.jar file installed with Performance Insight. This class exposes a doPost() method which an attacker can use to upload malicious files to the server. Accessing these files can then lead to arbitrary code execution under the context of the SYSTEM user.

Vendor Response

Hewlett-Packard has issued an update to correct this vulnerability. More details can be found at:

Disclosure Timeline

    2009-10-27 - Vulnerability reported to vendor
    2011-01-31 - Coordinated public release of advisory


This vulnerability was discovered by:
    Stephen Fewer of Harmony Security (www.harmonysecurity.com)